'I could compare my music to white light which con­tains all colours. Only a prism can divide the col­ours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.' Arvo Pärt

The Lost Paradise

Arvo Pärt │Robert Wilson

A film by Günter Atteln

He is the most performed contemporary composer in the world. And yet he rarely ventures out in public, prefers to keep quiet about his music, feels at home in the forests of Estonia and generates therewith – perhaps involuntarily – the impression of a recluse, which is attributed to him again and again: Arvo Pärt. In The Lost Paradise, we follow him over a period of one year in his native Estonia, to Japan and the Vatican. The documentary is framed by the stage production of Adam’s Passion, a music theater piece based on the Biblical story of the fall of Adam featuring three key works by Arvo Pärt. The world-renowned director Robert Wilson has brought this work to the stage in a former submarine factory in Tallinn. Tracing their creative process, the film offers rare and personal insights into the worlds of two of the most fascinating personalities in the international arts and music scene.




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September 8, 2015
Kino Sõprus Tallinn (invitation only)

September 23, 2015 – 18h00
Philharmonie Berlin – Herrmann-Wolff-Saal

September 23, 2015 – 19h00
Festival Musica Strasbourg

October 2, 2015 – 11h00
IMZ Special Screenings – ITF Golden Prague

October 17, 2015
Estdocs Festival Toronto, Canada
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March 15, 2016 – 15h00
FIFA Montreal, Canada
Official Competition
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May 29, 2016 – 11h00
Turmtheater Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany

August 12, 2016 – 12h45
Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA
Official Competition
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November 19, 2016
Festival Les Boreales Caen, France

January 30, 2017
Scala Svendborg, Denmark

October 4 and 12, 2017 – 21h00
Lanzarote Visual Music Festival
Centro de Innovación Cultural El Almacén, Arrecife (Lanzarote)


September 4, 2015

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November 15, 2015

July 28, 2016
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Languages: English
Subtitles: German, French, English, Korean, Japanese
Disc Formats: DVD-9
Number of Discs: 1 (DVD)
Picture Formats DVD: 16:9 NTSC
Sound Formats DVD: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Running time: 55: 33 min
Catalogue Numbers: ACC20321 (DVD)
Release Dates: 09/2015 (DVD, Worldwide)
EAN Code DVD: 4260234831023


“Moments of quiet yet breathtaking intensity.”
– Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung




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